THERE were plenty of happy “tails” told at school when award wining author Megan Rix visited with her two beautiful dogs.

Megan, who is also a Sunday Times best selling author, stopped by at Markland Hill School, with her two dogs, Bella, aged six, and Freya, aged just eight months.

She talked about her new book The Great Fire Dogs and shared the fascinating stories uncovered in her research about the Great Fire of London.

The book tells of the events from the perspective of two dogs trying to survive the blazing fire and make their way to safety.

She also spoke about her two dogs and her experience in helping to train Assistance Dogs and Pets as Therapy dogs.

Bella, joined Megan in the presentation to demonstrate what an assistance helper dog can do to help a disabled person by picking up keys and gloves and putting them on Megan’s lap while she is sitting in a chair.

During the day Megan also revealed top tips to aspiring writers.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr John Byrne, said: “Megan was touring schools last week to promote her latest book ‘The Great Fire Dogs’ and through Bolton Schools Library Service’s great relationship with Authors Aloud, we secured Megan’s attendance for an event in Bolton.

“The visit was hugely successful.

“Pupils loved hearing about Megan’s books and her experiences with dogs, especially her work with assistance dogs.

“The highlight of the session was when the pupils got to see Megan’s dogs, Bella in action as assistance dogs.”

He added: “Meeting an author can be the start of a child’s reading journey.

“Children are usually inspired by hearing an author talk about their books and our Bolton Schools Library Service try to organise as many author visits as possible during a school year.